Were you massively upset like me after watching the finale of Game of Thrones Season 7? Was it because of the sudden death of Littlefinger out of nowhere? Well, if you felt that you have been betrayed as a fan by the show-makers then you are not alone.
Petyr Baelish or popularly known as the Little finger was one of a fascinating character on any T.V show ever. He was a master conspirator. He served on the small council of King Robert Baratheon as “Master of the coin”, moved on to become Lord of Harrenhal with his gift for political improvisation, and now he is Lord Protector of the Vale.
He has an uncanny ability to play everyone at once and gets exactly what he wants. He has played with Cersei Lannister, Sansa Stark, Roose Bolton in the North, only to rise further and further. He was always the winner, no matter who is fighting whom. He had sky-high ambitions and drive which made him nothing short of a major contender for the Iron Throne in his own eyes.
We saw how he again outsmarted Arya Stark who fell into his trap and went inside his chambers only to find a note which he wanted her to find. It goes back to season 1 when Ned Stark was captured, and Cersei Lannister forced Sansa to sign a letter which asks Robb Stark to bend the knee and pledge his loyalty to King Joffrey who is keeping her well.
This created a split between the Stark sisters and Little finger successfully created chaos in the North in anticipation of climbing the ladder.
But alas, the problem with the plan was that he did not cover all his tracks and his sins caught up with him. He united the Stark sisters instead of breaking them apart which became a reason for his downfall.
Sansa Stark, the lady of Winterfell, sentenced him to death for playing a role in poisoning Lord Arryn (first Hand of the King), pushing Lysa Arryn off the moon door, betraying Lord Eddard Stark and conspiring with the Boltons against House Stark.
Arya Stark slit his throat with Valyrian dagger that was used by an assassin Catspaw hired by King Joffrey (it was actually Little Finger) to kill Bran Stark after he caught Cersei and Jaime having sex in the tower.
He was saved by his dire wolf Summers, as a result, Catelyn Stark went to meet Little Finger at King’s Landing and showed him the blade, he told her it belonged to Tyrion Lannister which led to his capture at Vale and triggered the great “War of the Five Kings”.
We totally get the predicament of show-runners to kill him off as there is very little time left and he may not have added value to the narrative in the “War for the Dawn”. But what we didn’t like was there was no plotting or scheming and it felt rushed as nobody knew how Sansa became aware of all the crimes he committed. Well, the answer lies in poor editing.
Issac Hempstead, the actor who plays Bran Stark, confirmed that there was a scene between him and Sophie Turner (who plays Sansa Stark) which set the stage for Littlefinger’s fate. He said:
“We actually did a scene that clearly got cut, a short scene with Sansa where she knocks on Bran’s door and says, “I need your help,” or something along those lines. So basically, as far as I know, the story was that it suddenly occurred to Sansa that she had a huge CCTV department at her discretion and it might be a good idea to check with him first before she guts her own sister. So she goes to Bran, and Bran tells her everything she needs to know, and she’s like, “Oh, s—.””
Sansa’s suspicions about Littlefinger motives grew as she started thinking about how and why Arya found the letter she wrote in duress, why Littlefinger constantly denigrate Jon Snow, all these things made her go to Bran to find out the whole truth about Littlefinger using his three-eyed raven powers.
Well, now the fans of Lord Baelish can calm down as we know the full story.
His favorite quote was:
“Chaos isn’t a pit. Chaos is a ladder. Many who try to climb it fail and never get to try again. The fall breaks them. And some, are given a chance to climb. They refuse, they cling to the realm, or the gods, or love. Illusions. Only the ladder is real. The climb is all there is.” #RIPLittlefinger